Engaging with CEDAW

As part of its advocacy work to push for policies, programmes and sufficient resources for empowering educational opportunities for women and girls, Nirantar engaged intensively with civil society processes related to CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women, an international convention to which India is a signatory. Nirantar coordinated the writing of the education section of the CEDAW Shadow Report submitted in 2006. We did this by organising a series of three national-level consultations between 2003 and 2004, which identified current concerns in gender and education, the issues to be highlighted and the framework for analysis. The series of consultations saw enthusiastic participation, successfully bringing together feminists and educationists working on different sectoral issues. NAWO coordinated the writing of the shadow report. Nirantar was part of the delegation that attended the CEDAW meeting in New York in January 2007. Several of the issues pertaining to education have found mention in the Concluding Comments of the CEDAW Committee’s report. You can read Nirantar's contribution to the 2014 CEDAW Shadow report here.